There have been plenty of rumours and speculation around Cyprus at Eurovision 2021 — including more than a few Greek and Cypriot artists expressing interest. But now Cyprus’ Head of Delegation Evi Papamichael has spoken out and shared the broadcaster’s plans to date.
Greek site Eurovision Fun reported on an interview that the Head of Delegation gave to the Greek magazine TV Ethnos. In the interview, Evi Papamichael talked about Cyprus’ progress so far, confirming one name and doing a bit of myth-busting.
The HoD again confirmed that Eleni Foureira has not been invited to represent Cyprus at Eurovision 2021. The broadcaster was previously forced to deny rumours that had surfaced in June. Papamichael said she didn’t understand all the hype centred around one artist and noted that Cyprus’ participation at Eurovision is very much a team effort.
“We are always open to any serious proposal”
In recent weeks, many Greek and Cypriot stars have expressed interest in represented Cyprus in Rotterdam. The list of names — including Ivi Adamou, Melisses, Vangelis Kakouriotis and Ian Stratis — was put to Papamichael. The HoD said she was pleased with the interest shown from stars both from Cyprus and Greece.
The Greek singer/model/actress Katerina Stikoudi has recently said that her “biggest motivation to go to Eurovision would be a very good and strong song.” Papamichael confirmed that broadcaster CyBC is open to hearing any submission that Katerina Stikoudi might make.
The HoD explained: “We are always open to consider and listen to any serious proposal. In recent years we have been collaborating with major record companies of the region. Greece and Cyprus are, as you know, a single record and music market.”
But among all the rumours and speculation, Papamichael did confirm one thing: so far, CyBC has not made contact with any artists. She explained that the process would begin at the end of August and would initially focus on discussions with record companies.
Papamichael also confirmed that Cyprus’ act for Eurovision 2021 will be either an artist popular in Greece and Cyprus or an artist with Cypriot heritage.
Marvin Dietmann returns as Cyprus’ artistic director
Evi Papamichael also confirmed that Cyprus will again use the services of the Austrian artistic director Marvin Dietmann. He had previously come on board to stage Sandro’s entry for the now-cancelled Eurovision 2020.
The Austrian artistic director has a bucket load of experience when it comes to staging Eurovision entries, including Conchita Wurst’s winning performance of “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
In addition to staging Austria’s winning Eurovision entry in 2014 for Conchita Wurst, he was also behind their 2016 and 2018 entries – “Loin d’ici” by ZOË and “Nobody But You” by Cesár Sampson.
As well, Dietmann has also had behind-the-scenes roles at recent editions of the Eurovision Song Contest, and substantial credits on many Austrian television productions.
In recent years, Cyprus has used the talents of the Swedish staging director Sacha Jean-Baptiste.
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